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Medellin: Pablo Escobar Tour by Ex-Cop

Medellin: Pablo Escobar Tour by Ex-Cop

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Learn about the rise and fall of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar from one of the law enforcement officers that helped to track him down. Visit some of the most significant places in the history of the drug wars that plagued the country.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotel pick up and drop off provided, please specify your locationb.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


The experience
  • Go on an exclusive, private tour led by an ex-cop that participated in the manhunt for Pablo Escobar
  • Visit a number of the most significant sites from the Escobar era in Medellin
  • Benefit from the personalized attention and convenience of a private tour
Full description
Go on an exclusive four-hour tour with ex-police officer Carlos Palau who was involved in the SWAT operation that helped to track down Pablo Escobar. Get the hair-raising inside account of the Escobar days from one of the few remaining witnesses. Get picked up from your accommodation and head to the neighborhood of La Paz where Pablo spent his early days. Stop at La Cathedral and learn how Pablo cleverly negotiated the terms of his surrender to the Colombian government by building a deluxe prison for him and his gang which included a football field, jacuzzi, bar, and waterfall. Take in the spectacular city views from the location which today serves as a retirement community and lush natural reserve. Then head to the infamous Monaco building where Pablo's family and gang lived for a couple years alongside Medellin's elite before the detonation of the first car bomb in Colombia in the late 80s. Afterwards, visit the rooftop where Pablo was killed in late 1993 after 18 months of intensive pursuit. Draw your own conclusions regarding the circumstances of Pablo's death after hearing the amazing anecdotes by someone who participated in the manhunt. Finally, arrive at the cemetery where Pablo is buried along with his family, and ironically, much of the upper class society of his day. Hear about the end of the mafia days and the Medellin of the present that grown forth from its troubled past. Don't miss this firsthand account of the Escobar era and go on a tour that takes you beyond the Netflix series.
  • Ex-cop guide Carlos Palau
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Private car with AC
  • Traveler's insurance
  • Local taxes
  • Parking fees
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Ask for guide ID as a number of copycat tours are run by guides impersonating Carlos
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